“We believe he was in the apartment with Priscilla Torres and that they acted together,” Sawtelle said.
State District Judge George Powell on Thursday denied a request to reduce Torres' $50,000 bond, KHOU reported.
According to Savelle, Torres and Esparza stayed in the apartment for three days after the girl's death before renting a motel room in Jacinto City, the Chronicle reported. The couple then spent two days in Galveston before returning to Houston, the newspaper reported. Torres called the police after returning to the apartment.
When authorities arrived Monday at the Quail Creek Apartments in Houston, the closet had a foul stench, and Sierra had burn marks on her body from an unknown chemical, the Chronicle reported.
“This is a tragic incident,” Sawtelle said. “Obviously, Sierra Patino did not deserve to die at that age.”